Movie Review: Road Trip Romance (2022)
Synopsis: A vintage toy company owner, Megan Miller, wouldn't miss her younger sister's wedding for anything. However, an airline strike has left her stranded in Denver and she finds herself driving to Wichita, Kansas with her bitter rival from high school, Alden Brown. As a series of misfortunes threaten to keep her from reaching her sister's wedding, she begins to realize Alden isn't as bad as she first thought.
Who's in it? The movie stars Natalie Hall, Corey Sevier, Julia Borsellino, Elana Dunkelman and Wendy German.
Review: I added this Hallmark movie to our library a few days ago, figuring it would be something my wife would enjoy watching. Even though it wasn't my first choice yesterday evening, I put the movie on at her request. As it turns out, it was better than I was expecting it to be.
I'm not going to lie, this movie is about as predictable as you would expect it to be, to the point I probably written the script myself. This includes the last-minute twist when she finally makes it to Wichita, which my wife called without any effort at all.
Despite this, the movie was admittedly entertaining. Megan (Hall) was a bit irritating at first, especially when she kept insisting Alden (Sevier) cheated during a debate, despite plenty of evidence that didn't happen. However, I thought the characters were believable as a budding couple and their rivalry/romantic tension only made their unfortunate situations, ranging from a stolen car to being stranded in a technology-free renaissance fair, more fun to watch.
I will also admit, I liked the secondary story about her sister's (Borsellino) efforts to plan the wedding without her maid of honor with the help of one of her bridesmaids (Dunkelman), mostly because it seemed to be setting up a possible clash toward the end of the film. The way Megan resolved it, while not much of a surprise, did make for a great way to end the film.
Final Opinion: As I mentioned, the movie is more than a little predictable and some of the events that happen to them do seem a bit contrived. But, overall, it is an entertaining, feel-good, movie that I enjoyed more than expected and do recommend.
My Grade: A
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